Last of the Pig Stands closed

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2006/11/20 08:25:28 (permalink)

Last of the Pig Stands closed

The last of the operating Pig Stands in Texas have been shut down by the state. There were 2 in San Antonio and one in Houston.

The company has been in bankruptcy for a year and had already sold 2 units to raise funds. The Comptroller of Public Accounts ordered the remaining ones shut for non-payment of back taxes.

Pig Stands have been credited as being the first drive-in; they also claimed to have invented onion rings and Texas Toast. The first one opened in Dallas in 1921, the first one in Houston in 1922. Pig Stand # 7, on Washington Avenue west of downtown, may or may not have been the first one here, I don't know. The building it is in only dates back to 1960 according to the tax rolls.

The clientele was mostly older but there were younger people who enjoyed the food and the atmosphere and locals are mourning the unexpected closing. Given what's happening in that old neighborhood (gentrification), tear-down is almost certain if no new owner takes it over with an eye to keeping it open.

The chain is for sale if anybody's interested in owning a bit of restaurant history.

There are websites about Pig Stand's history on line and it's been mentioned in the past here on Roadfood.

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    Double Cheeseburger
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    RE: Last of the Pig Stands closed 2006/11/27 17:33:47 (permalink)
    Drove by there last week, I had to run Washington because of an accident on I10. Sure was a sad sight. Maybe they will have an auction and someone here can get a hold of the "Terms of Endearment" booth.

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    RE: Last of the Pig Stands closed 2006/12/05 14:44:58 (permalink)
    Oh, no. I have only been to Texas a few times (San Antonio) and really wanted to visit a Pig Stand since I read "Terms of Endearment." Plus, I've always loved Drive-ins! What a shame!
    Double Chili Cheeseburger
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    RE: Last of the Pig Stands closed 2007/04/25 10:45:03 (permalink)
    They had an article about the Pig Stands in today's San Antonio Express News.There is still one Pig Stand left in San Antonio and it is open for business.That's the one on Broadyway as you heaad towards downtown.
    The one near the ATandT Center home of the Spurs,is turning into a mexican restaurant.
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    RE: Last of the Pig Stands closed 2007/04/25 11:34:51 (permalink)
    I remember eating at the original, Dallas Pig Stand restaurant shortly after moving here from NYC in 1963. I can still remember that meaty, moist, succulent pig on a bun. Closest thing to that sandwich today would be a "pulled pork" sandwich.
    John MacCormack
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    RE: Last of the Pig Stands closed 2008/03/21 09:51:35 (permalink)
    I am a newspaper reporter in San Antonio writing a story about the Last Pig Stand which is here on Lower Broadway. I'd love to speak to anyone with old time memories or experiences involving working or eating at the Pig Stand. Regards, John MacCormack (
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    RE: Last of the Pig Stands closed 2008/07/30 17:20:19 (permalink)
    I have to say, the one time the wife and I ate at the Pig Stand in Houston, a year or so ago, the food and service were pretty bad. Always sad to see a piece of history go away, but not a big culinary loss IMO.
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